With the New York Legislative session drawing to a close and passage of an education tax credit bill still in play, Agudath Israel of America representatives traveled to Albany again today. Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, executive vice president; Rabbi Shmuel Lefkowitz, Vice President for Community Affairs; Chaskel Bennett and Leon Goldenberg, both members of the Board of Trustees, met with Senate Leadership, including Senate Majority leader John Flanagan and Senators Jeff Klein, Dean Skelos, Simcha Felder, Marty Golden, Dianne Savino, and Assembly members, Michael Cusick, Dov Hikind, Joe Lentol, Mike Simanowitz, Peter Abbate, Alec Brook- Krasney and members of the Governor’s staff, to urge them to remain steadfast in their support for tuition relief for non public schools.
With over 400,000 children attending non-public schools in New York State an Education Tax Credit bill would give needy New Yorkers a measure of tuition relief and thereby the ability to send their children to the school that’s right for them.
“The process is nearing it’s conclusion and we will continue to work as hard as possible to achieve a tangible measure of assistance for the thousands of families who are struggling with the costs of tuition ” said Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel. We came up to Albany today to urge all the relevant parties to work towards an agreement that provides real relief for beleaguered parents.”
Elected officials in Albany have taken notice of the vocal campaign to pass an education tax credit and activists reiterated the importance for every concerned constituent to reach out to his or her assembly-member and add their voice to the massive grass- roots effort.